Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sing (and Type) the ABCs

If you're reading this blog, chances are you've got a computer.  Great!  Have you thought about using it to help your child learn her ABCs?  I'm not talking about video games or YouTube videos (though there are some really great, albeit additive, ones out there), I'm suggesting a more interactive "game" between you and your child (and your keyboard.
Simply open up a blank Word doc, enlarge the font and start asking your child to type the different letters.  Katie, my 2-year-old, absolutely LOVES this "game".  She sees me typing away and this gives her the feeling that she's doing the same thing.  I have her sit on my lap with my laptop on a lap board on top and ask her to type "B, for baby" or "C, for Charlie".  She really gets a kick out of seeing the letters she's typed appear on the screen and again, she's having so much fun that she has no idea that she's learning.  We stick with "caps lock" on as she's just beginning to identify letters, but soon enough I'll have her type in lowercase letters as well.

We play this splendid game with numbers, too.  Again, there's no reason you couldn't extend this activity to include spelling practice (type in the word, "bat") rhyming words (type in a word that rhymes with "bat", sums (type in the sum of 3 and 9) and differences (type in the answer to 10 minus 8), and so on.

Keep kids laughing and enjoying themselves, and you'll keep them open to learning endless amounts of things!


  1. Hi, I am a new follower from the Tuesday hop (not sure which one)
    These are some fun ideas.
    A while back I would type out letters and have my daughter sound them out as I typed. Helped her learn to blend letters. It has been over a year and a half ago now I think. She is five and has been reading for over a year. She is reading Grade 1 Abeka readers and Hello Reader Level 1 and some level 2.

  2. This sounds really cool. My son loves the computer this is a good idea! ABH

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  4. Stopping by from the ABH. I do similar things with my daughter. She likes to sit and look at websites with me and point out the animals, numbers, and letters that she sees. Seems like the kids all love the computer, so it's a good way to have them learn something too!

  5. We've done this with our kiddos too! They love typing like mommy & daddy. And now that they're older, they practice writing their names, words and for my oldest, sentences.

    Found your blog through the Tuesday Friend & Follow linky :)

  6. Stopping by to visit (and follow) for ABH - This is a really great idea!
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  7. Great tips. I don't have any kids yet.

    Stopping by from ABH (running a little late)